Sunday, July 23, 2006

06-07 Promises Excitement

KU announced the 2006-2007 basketball schedule yesterday, and things look pretty good.
Maybe a 1-2 match-up in Vegas? That game looks like the toughest, but I have no doubt that the Rock Chalk will resound off of the walls of whatever casino is hosting the Las Vegas Invitational.
Boston College and South Carolina should be fun, and the Big Monday games (Mizzou, Nebraska, K-State, and especially Oklahoma) sound like fun. Game Day will be at Allen for the A&M game. All told, a good schedule, I'd say, in terms of both quality and exposure.

Here it is in full:
Day/Date Opponent Location Time/TV
Thur. Nov. 2 Washburn (Exhibition) Lawrence 7 p.m. (Jayhawk TV)
Tues. Nov. 7 Emporia State (Exhibition) Lawrence 7 p.m. (Jayhawk TV)
Sat. Nov. 11 Northern Arizona Lawrence 7 p.m. (Jayhawk TV)
Wed. Nov. 15 Oral Roberts Lawrence 7 p.m. (Jayhawk TV)
Sunday Nov. 19 Towson University Lawrence 7 p.m. (Jayhawk TV)
Tues. Nov. 21 Tennessee State Lawrence 7 p.m. (Jayhawk TV)
Nov. 24-25 Las Vegas Invitational Las Vegas
Fri. Nov. 24 Ball State Las Vegas, Nev. 7 p.m. (Jayhawk TV)
Sat. Nov. 25 Florida Las Vegas 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Tues. Nov. 28 Dartmouth Lawrence. 7 p.m. (Jayhawk TV)
Sat. Dec. 2 DePaul Chicago, Ill. TBA (Jayhawk TV)
Mon. Dec. 4 Southern California Lawrence 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Sat. Dec. 9 Toledo Kansas City, Mo. 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
Sat. Dec. 23 Boston College Lawrence 12:30 p.m. (CBS)
Thur. Dec. 28 Detroit Mercy Lawrence 7 p.m. (Jayhawk TV)
Sat. Dec. 30 Rhode Island Lawrence 7 p.m. (TBA)
Sun. Jan. 7 South Carolina Columbia, SC 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Wed. Jan. 10 Oklahoma State Lawrence 8p.m. (ESPN2)
Sat. Jan. 13 Iowa State Ames, Iowa 11 a.m./1 p.m. (ESPN)
Mon. Jan. 15 Missouri Lawrence 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Sat. Jan. 20 Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Wed. Jan. 24 Baylor Waco, Texas 7 p.m. (Jayhawk TV)
Sat. Jan. 27 Colorado Lawrence 12:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
Mon. Jan. 29 Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Sat. Feb. 3 Texas A&M Lawrence 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Wed. Feb. 7 Kansas State Lawrence 8 p.m. (ESPN+)
Sat. Feb. 10 Missouri Columbia, Mo 2:30 p.m. (ABC)
Wed. Feb. 14 Colorado Boulder, Colo. 8 p.m. (Jayhawk TV)
Sat. Feb. 17 Nebraska Lawrence 3 p.m. (ESPN+)
Mon. Feb. 19 Kansas State Manhattan 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Sat. Feb. 24 Iowa State Lawrence 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Mon. Feb. 26 Oklahoma Norman, Okla. 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Sat. Mar. 3 Texas Lawrence 11 a.m. (CBS)
Thur.-Sun. Mar. 8-11 Big 12 Tournament Oklahoma City, Okla

This belongs with the previous post, but Haley's reprimand has compelled me to mention my favorite Tribe lyric, cause it's just so . . . cute:
Can I kick it? To my Tribe that flows in layers
Right now, Phife is a poem sayer
At times, I'm a studio conveyor
Mr. Dinkins, would you please be my mayor?
You'll be doing us a really big favor
Boy this track really has a lot of flavor


  1. I like our chances in Vegas against the boot skins.

    In the Big XII, our toughest games will be at OK and (ugh) at K-State.

    Looks like the easiest Big XII schedule in years, with TX and ISU down and us not having to play at OK St or TX. I think the South is a race between OSU and A&M. KU should roll the North. Rock Chalk!

  2. All well and good, but I hope this thread doesn't overshadow "Hitler Kitties."

    I'm not entirely pleased with this or any schedule we've had in Self's tenure. I think a team with great expectations should play about three huge, marquee nonconference games, as we usually did in the Roy years. I only see one such game here.

    BC and the two USC's could turn out to be marquee--those programs fluctuate from year to year. But we really need a few more games on the level of Duke/Arizona/UConn to be properly seasoned for March, esp. since, as Scott points out, the conference schedule is soft.

    Self claims it's is a challenging schedule--what else would you expect him to say? But I'd be shocked if we were Top Ten strength-of-schedule.

  3. I guess I'll join you for a moment to complain, DGL: why are the "big" home games always over the winter break? Wouldn't it be more fun to watch BC play in Lawrence when school's in session and the students can really pack the place?
    Not that I fear a quiet or empty fieldhouse on 23 December, but between winter break at the 12:30 tipoff, I doubt the crowd will be at full strength, which is unfortunate.

    On the other hand--and this of course has nothing to do with Coach Self, but whatever--we do get Texas at home to close the season; if their incoming class is as good as folks are saying, that should be great.

  4. I know we'd have a packed house on Dec. 23 if we were playing say, UConn. No disrespect to BC, but aside from Florida where are the powerhouses here? This is disappointing.

    I thought Detroit Mercy was a high school ...

  5. sounds more like a hospital to me . . .

  6. Whatsamatta Deron, you don't just wuv the wittle Kitlers?

    You are right, though about us not scheduling a strong enough slate of noncon foes.

    Of course with the f-ed up RPI, it probably doesn't matter anyway for SOS. But it will hurt in terms of preparation.

  7. If BC turns out to be as good as they were last year, this schedule starts to look more formidable. It's good to see us mixing it up with the beasts of the Big East, at any rate.

    Still, think of all the great teams we're avoiding! We probably have to exempt ourselves from UNC and Illinois, but what about Duke, UConn, Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona, LSU, Michigan St., Memphis, Pitt, Wisconsin, 'Nova, Louisville, Syracuse...?

    And we're ducking not only the heavyweights but also the Mid-Majors. We have two potential Top 25 teams in our own backyard that we NEVER schedule: Creighton and Wichita State. Do you realize the Shockers have everyone back from last year's Sweet 16 team? It's absolutely criminal that we haven't started a series with them.

    If we'd played them last year we might have been more prepared for their conference-mates Bradley in March.